Agents Seek Phone, Email Records in Lotto Mystery

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By Aaron Hepker

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Investigators are seeking phone and email records as they try to solve the mystery behind a winning $14.3 million lottery ticket that was withdrawn after the winner refused to be identified.

A year after the investigation started, agents are still trying to identify the person who bought the Hot Lotto ticket at a Des Moines gas station in December 2010.

A New York lawyer claiming to represent the winning trust waited until minutes before the one-year deadline to claim the prize — then gave up rather than explain how he got the ticket.

Patrick Townsend of the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation says agents have issued subpoenas for phone and email records in an effort to "link communication to some specific people who we think might be part of this."

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